Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Choose The Right 2

While preparing to teach Choose The Right I decided to put the key words on a picture. I thought this would help my JR kiddos better. So I guess it's like a flip chart but it's only key words. And it's only the 1st verse because that's all we are teaching.
Here's a few of the pictures.

Click HERE to download the pictures.

Happy Singing!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Choose The Right

I'm excited to teach this great hymn. I'm the Sacrament Meeting Chorister too and I love it when the Primary kids know another one of the hymns so they can sing along.

I've decided to use Camille's cute idea to teach it from her blog Camille's Primary Ideas. You can find it HERE.
I'm also making CTR shields for my JR kiddos to hold up every time we sing 'Choose the Right'. I found them HERE from a cute blog called 'In the Leafy Treetops'.

After my kids have learned the song, I want to do Hand bells to practice. I'd also like to do them for the program. This song is very easy for bells. You can do it even if you only have the 8 bell set. Just play high B for the low B.
I want to do it with my JR and they haven't done bells before. I made 4 different versions of charts- one is all chords for the SR and this one we will use for the program, one is melody on every 1st and 3rd beat, one is just bells on 'Choose the Right' (this one I'll start with the JR), and one is harmony just on 'Choose the Right' (I'm hoping JR will be able to do this one too).

This picture is only part of the charts just to give you an idea what they look like. I wanted to make the charts easier to make and print so I made the charts on 8 1/2 x 11 cards and you can tape them together or just put them up separately. My charts are for the 'Kids Play' brand of bells.

Click HERE to download the bells charts.

Happy Ringing!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Snowball Singing 2

About a year ago I posted 'Snowball Singing'. It's a fun way to choose songs and fun ways to sing each song.
I love to save myself some time prepping. So I'm going to use it again. But change it a bit.
We are still learning 'As a Child of God'. My JR is very slow learning it. So we need something for them to sing it over and over but in a fun way. So I'm going to use a variation of Snowball Singing.
I know my JR kiddos will LOVE this, SR probably will too..

Click HERE to download the file.

Happy Snowball Singing!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

When I Hear the Prophet's Voice

While trying to decide what song to choose for April's choice, I came across this beautiful song. 'When I Hear the Prophet's Voice' by Matthew Neeley. It's from The Friend (Sept 2009) and you can find it HERE. There is even a video of children sing HERE.

As I pondered what to choose for April, I noticed in the outline guide that the song choice should be from the Children's Songbook. So I knew I couldn't use 'When I Hear the Prophet's Voice'. But the words to the song kept coming to my mind and I knew I had to use this song somehow.

Then I looked at the theme's and March is all about living prophets. The song for the month is 'Stand For the Right', which my kiddos know forwards and backwards. But I don't like to eliminated any of the songs that are in the program. And then it hit me. I'll do them both as a medley.

Soooo I put the two songs together and will be teaching it in March.
We start with 'When I Hear the Prophet's Voice'. I wrote a key modulation that connects to 'Stand For the Right' and then we go back to the last line from the first song to end.

I made a flip chart for those that use them.
Click HERE to download flip chart for 'When I Hear the Prophet's Voice'

I also have a flip chart for 'Stand For the Right' key words only in a previous post. HERE

If you'd like my medley of both songs, click HERE.

And if you're wondering what I chose for April--- we are going with 'I Feel My Savior's Love'.
Happy Singing!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

As a Child of God

I'm excited to start teaching this song. I've searched LOTS of sites trying to decide how best to teach it. And let me just say there are some awesome ideas out there.
Here are a few that I have found:
Sharla Dance's blog Teaching Primary Music

Plus lots of ideas on the LDS Chorister Facebook page.
And the LDS Choristers blog has a great flip chart.

(just click on the title and you will be linked over to the site)

And if you want to teach ASL here is a great YouTube video. She simplifies and explains each sign.
I'm still deciding which song to do ASL with this year.

I love when so many share their ideas and talents. It makes this calling much easier.

I decided to go with Sharla Dance's melody maps. LOVE this idea. I haven't tried a melody map with my kiddos yet so I thought I'd take the plunge. She has a file you can copy and enlarge at a copy center but I decided to make my own. (Since it was snowing and I didn't want to venture out in the cold).
I also want to make sure the kids know the meaning of this beautiful song. I like to ask questions and see if they know the answers. Here are the questions I'm asking with scripture references for my SR kiddos. It's my little contribution.

If you'd like a copy of my questions click HERE.

Happy Singing!